Said and Read

Words fascinate me. Their origins, their meanings, their evolution — all of that interests me, and has for as long as I can remember. Words are the building blocks of thought, and the pathway to other minds. They give us a way to externalize the complex and ephemeral thoughts and feelings that make each of us unique in the history and future of the world. In this blog, I’ll share my exploration of (and enthusiasm for) words, language, and communication. I’ll try for a good mix in trivia, tips, and observations.

 

Punctuation Marks & Traffic Signs

Punctuation Marks & Traffic Signs

I’ve been in the car a lot lately. In fact, almost all of my writing time has been spent driving. I always hope that those hours in the car could be good thinking time for fiction planning, but they just aren’t. Deep thinking and hurtling along a road at seventy miles...

A Word for Home

A Word for Home

House, home, dwelling, residence… I’ve been thinking about the nuances of these words and why the distinctions matter.

The Story Begins at Midnight

The Story Begins at Midnight

Beginnings and endings are important inflection points in stories and in life, but the significance depends on context and perspective.

Writer or Organized Squirrel?

Writer or Organized Squirrel?

False starts are part of my creative process, and they sometimes generate material I wish I could use. The trick is keeping track of where I saved those unused possibilities.